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so ive been jonesing for a line 6 pod x3 live for a while now. it does a lot of neat stuff including:

-good modeling
-lots of good FX
-usb computer recording
-computer patch editing/backup/patch storage
-electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocal and bass processing – all of which i use at one time or another

and it just sounds good.

i love my tube amps.. i love my JCM900. but its tough to lug it around, plus, stage sound at church is a no-no since our room is so incredibly live. i love a nice, real, fat bass amp sound.

this is as close as you can get, and, in some cases, better.

i got a 20% off coupon for sam ash and went to pick one up. $100 off is a good deal and i paid less than i would have for a used on on ebay.

i haven’t played with it a whole lot, but my first impression is that it’s going to be great. especially considering i can turn amp modeling off and use it in front of my marshall as a stomp box/wah/volume/delay/compressor. i have yet to run it directly into the system, but i hear it sounds a million times better than the earlier line 6 stuff. kyle got one too and he raved about it after using it yesterday morning.

i’ll post back some results after i learn more about it, but it looks like it will be great.

now i’m on the hunt for a case to protect it, and i came up with this, which happens to fit the unit perfectly. it even has room for an additional expression pedal if you want to add one.. about $55 shipped to atlanta. i’ll be ordering one sometime soon.

http://www.rondomusic.com/pdc410e.html

on another note, there’s a christian artist named lincoln brewster. he’s a great guitarist and has written some of the most recognizable songs you might hear in a contemporary church.

after doing some reading, i found out that he uses this line 6 pod x3 live exclusively both in the studio and on stage. he’s spent hours and hours developing his own patches for the unit and they sound terriffic. he doesn’t do any other processing, just the x3. pretty neat that someone like him would trust it for studio and stage. he even made his patches available on his website so any average joe like me can download them to the x3 live and get (almost) the same sounds. i say almost because he uses different guitars than i do which will impact it a bit.

anyway, if you want reduced stage clutter, reduce on-stage noise, and complete control over your sound this might be the ticket. i’ll let you know 🙂

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Jay-Z vs Coldplay. reminds me of the old school GOOD rap. parental warning for some language 🙂

download it here

years ago i made friends with a guy at georgia tech named drew frazier.

his friend wanted to borrow my bass. i had a spare one so i let him borrow it. the deal was he’d use it for a week or so.

the guy, i think his name was mark or matt, moved to california during the week he had my bass. and guess what? he took it with him. what a douchebag.

the bass was a black peavey t-40. it’s nothing really special compared to the ones i own now, but i want it. or at least one like it. there’s a picture below.

so if anyone knows a guy who went to Georgia Tech named drew frazier let me know.

i want my bass back!

this just speaks for itself. wow.

18 years ago today we lost one of the great ones. stevie had one of the most intense, raw sounds ever recorded. his passion shined in every note, on every recording and in every lyric. he was born with the blues in his veins.

SRV’s big break was at the montreaux jazz fest in 1982. the video is priceless – nobody in the crowd “got it”. they were motionless and they hated it. stevie didn’t care, he just poured it all out like he always did.

stevie used to dissolve cocaine in a glass of crown royal to get his day started off.. with the help of AA he kicked his habits and, shortly thereafter, died in a helicopter crash in wisconsin.

RIP stevie ray. i hope you’ve got number one, a blackface and a bassman up there. wear it out man!

RIP Bo Diddley. a true original.

one of the finest rock guitarists of all time.

i’ve always loved the talking heads. not the guys on CNN, but the band.

david byrne is a fabulous musician. i think i’ve heard more talking heads on the radio (*gasp* not my iPod *gasp*) in the last couple of weeks than ever before.

“life during wartime” is a fantastic song and reminds me of that brad pitt movie called SPY GAME for some reason. makes me want to join the CIA and be a spooky kind of guy in some crappy part of the world. then reality smacks me in the face and i realize i’m just a regular guy in the construction business.

here’s a killer video on youtube of the song, performed live, from STOP MAKING SENSE, one of the best concert DVDs you’ll ever see:

another of my favorite talking heads tunes is called (nothing but) flowers. amazing. great, smart lyrics as well. the video is a little political, and i don’t totally agree with their agenda, but you can’t deny that the talking heads just rock. enjoy!